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Costa Rica 2016

Butterflies and Moths

All photographs ©2016; please do not download without permission.  Abbreviations:  RN = Rancho Naturalista; SV = Selva Verde Lodge; LP = La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Please note that many of these are "best guesses"; I would greatly appreciate feedback from those more knowledgeable than I!  Thanks!


Polydamus Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)  SV

The cattlehearts drove me nuts - I'm sure there were several species involved, but they never stopped moving, so it was hard to get definitive photos!  These are all best guesses...



Wedge-spotted Cattleheart (Parides panares) RN


Wedge-spotted Cattleheart (Parides panares) SV


Pink-checked Cattleheart (Parides eurimedes)  SV


I couldn't discern "pink checks" on this bug, but nothing else seems to fit the wing pattern.  (SV)

Transandean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas)  SV


Transandean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas)  SV

Green-celled Cattleheart (Parides childrenae) SV

Sulphur mudding party (any idea on the little yellow on the right?) SV


Statira Sulphur - male (Aphrissa statira) SV

Statira Sulphur - female (Aphrissa statira) RN


Straight-lined Sulphur (Rhabdodryas trite)  SV


Apricot Sulphur (Phoebis argante)  SV

Apricot Sulphurs going after a Black River Turtle (SV)

Apricot Sulphur - female (Phoebis argante)  SV

Ghost Yellow (Eurema albula)  RN


Blue-patched Eyemark (Mesosemia carissima) RN  Worn left and center, more fresh on right.


Purple-washed Eyemark - female (Mesosemia lamachus)  SV

(not very...) Greenish Grayler (Menander pretus)  SV


Sailor's Lenmark - female (Thisbe irenea)  SV


Foxface Lenmark (Thisbe lycorias)  RN left, SV right

Both lenmarks together (SV)

Variable Beautymark - female (Rhetus periander)  SV

Red-spotted Metalmark (Cyrenia martia)  SV


Cherry-bordered Metalmark - female (Lyropteryx lyra)  SV

Blind Sheenmark (Eurybia elvina)  SV

Hermodora Scintillant - female (Detritivora hermodora)  SV


Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)  "Cope's Place" (on the way to Selva Verde)

Grinning Heliconian (Heliconius cydno) RN


Grinning Heliconian (Heliconius cydno) SV


Sara Heliconian (Heliconius sara)  SV


Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)  SV


Beat-up Juno Heliconian (Dione juno)  SV

Heart-spotted Heliconian (Heliconius hecale zuleikaSV


Gray-based Crescent (Castilia myia) RN


Pale-banded Crescent (Anthanassa tulcis)  SV

Claudina's Tegosa (Tegosa claudina)  RN


Square-tipped Crescent (Eresia phillyra) - SV


Smudged Crescent (Castilia eranitesRN


Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima) RN left, SV right

Eyespot Sister (Adelpha leucophthalma) RN


Smooth-banded Sister (Mexican race - Adelpha cytherea marcia)  RN


Smooth-banded Sister - Central American race (Adelpha cytherea daguana)  SV


Confusing Sister (Adelpha serpa)  SV


Barnes' Sister (Adelpha barnesia)  SV


Pointer Sister (Adelpha iphiclus)  SV

Golden-banded Sister (Adelpha salmoneus)  RN

Tiger Beauty (Tigridia acesta)  RN

Orange Daggerwing (Marpesia berania)  RN


Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)  SV

Common Morpho (Morpho helenor)  SV

Banded Owl (Caligo atreus)  RN

Linnean Owlet (Opsiphanes cassiae)  Captive @ La Paz Waterfall Garden - couldn't find an ID sign...

Variable Prestonian (Tithorea tarricina) RN

Fuzzy-spotted Ticlear (Hypoleria lavinia)  "Cope's Place" (on the way to Selva Verde)

Herald Clearwing (Ithomia heraldica) RN


Common Ticlear (Hypothyris euclea) RN

Yellow-tipped Ticlear  (Ceratinia tutia)  RN


Rusted Clearwing Satyr (with and without flash) (Cithaerias pireta)  SV


Red-washed Satyr (Pierella helvina) RN

Common Ur-Satyr RN  This was the best match, even though the illustrations show a more smooth median band.


White-banded Satyr (Pareuptychia metaleuca) RN

White Satyr (Pareuptychia ocirrhoe)  RN

Gold-stained Satyr (Cissia pseudoconfusaSV


Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)  RN left, SV right


Teleus Longtail (Urbanus teleus) RN


Teleus Longtail - two different bugs (Urbanus teleus)  SV

Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes) RN


Cobalt Longtail (Urbanus viterboana)  RN

Broken Silverdrop (Epargyreus exadeus) RN


Spineless Silverdrop (Epargyreus aspina)  SV

Narrow (Spike) Banded Skipper (Autochton longipennis)  SV


Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)  RN


Frosted Flasher (Astraptes alardus) RN

Camouflaged Skipper (Diaeus varna) RN


Dark Pellicia (Nisoniades laurentina) RN

Teardrop Skipper (Eracon lachesis)  SV


Eligius Flat (Celaenorrhinus eligius)  RN

Dotted Flat  (Celaenorrhinus monartus)  SV


Small Mellana (Quasimellana sethos) RN

Gold-washed Skipper (Vinius tryhana)  RN


Common Glassywing (Pompeius pompeius)  RN


Common Glassywing (Pompeius pompeius)  SV

Latonia Skipper (worn?) (Cobalopsis latonia)  RN

Shy Saliana (Saliana longirostris) RN

Confluent Skipper (Tirynthia conflua)  SV


Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius) RN


Yellow-legged Cynea (Sucova sucova)  RN

Guardpost Sedge Skipper (Euphyes peneia)  SV

Joanna's Skipper (Joanna joanna)  SV

Osca Skipper (Rhinthon osca)  SV

Vetula Skipper (Vehilius vetula)  SV

Radiant Brown Skipper (Callimormus radiola)  SV


Butler's Brown Skipper (Cymaenes alumna) RN

Mystery Skipper (RN)

Mystery Skipper (SV)

Mystery Skipper (SV)

Mystery skipper (SV)

Moths (all taken at the Moth Sheet at Rancho Naturalista unless otherwise noted)

"Hippo Silk Moth" (Rhescyntis hippodamia) (Both this and the next species were called "Giant Silk Moth" on the Internet...)


Giant Silk Moth (Arsenura armida)

"Autumn Silk Moth"  (Eacles ormondei)

"Purple-washed Silk Moth" (Othorene purpurascens)

Another Othorene moth, this one at Selva Verde


Palmer's Sphinx (Adhemarius palmeri)


Sunset Moth (Urania fulgens)  SV


Unknown Geometrid

"White Angle Moth" (